I just came across an article on LondonNet that discussed how in Goya's Ghosts actress Natalie Portman opted to use a body double, instead of disrobing, when filming nude scenes for the movie.
Although it's commendable that Ms. Portman maintained her modesty in front of other people on the actual movie set, I don't really think she accomplished much else. Agreeing to have a nude body inserted under one's head seems to be pretty close to actually being nude, in my humble opinion.
According to the article, Portman said, "There's a long shot of a nude woman, but it's not me. You do see some parts of me unclothed, but if they end up on websites making it look like I'm nude, I'm going to be really, really angry."
Huh? If some jerk had come along and photoshopped a nude body under Portman's head, against her will, making it look like she was nude, then I could understand her being "really, really angry." I'd also understand her feeling very, very violated because the doctored picture would look like she had agreed to take her clothes off for it. However, if an actor agrees to replace his clothed body with that of a nude one, isn't he not only allowing, but actually encouraging his viewers to associate his head, face, and likeness, with the naked body below?